Astrophotos: The Galactic Desert

by Nancy Atkinson on June 14, 2013

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A 12-photo panoramic of the Milky Way arching over Saguaro National Park in Tucson, Arizona. Credit and copyright: Sean Parker/Sean Parker Photography.

A 12-photo panoramic of the Milky Way arching over Saguaro National Park in Tucson, Arizona. Credit and copyright: Sean Parker/Sean Parker Photography.

The desert provides some of the most stunning landscapes and skycapes, as evidenced by two recent astrophotos from Universe Today readers. The gorgeous lead image by Sean Parker of Tucson, Arizona is a 12-image panoramic view of the Milky Way arching over Saguaro National Park in Tucson, Arizona. Sean noted on Flickr that if you live in Tucson, you can see this photo in a 12×36 frame at Black Crown Coffee Co for the next 3 weeks during his Astrophotography Exhibition. If you go, tell him Universe Today sent you!

The stunning image below is a frame from a timelapse being worked on by Ken Brandon of California. The image was taken on June 9, 2013 and features ancient Bristlecone pines in the foreground, with the arch of the Milky Way visible in the sky:

Ancient Bristlecone pines with an even more ancient Milky Way in the background. Credit and copyright: Ken Brandon.

Ancient Bristlecone pines with an even more ancient Milky Way in the background. Credit and copyright: Ken Brandon.

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Nancy Atkinson is Universe Today's Senior Editor. She also works with Astronomy Cast, and is a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

cschur June 14, 2013 at 6:48 PM

This type of image certainly is attractive to the general public, and that is what he probably intended to accomplish. Scientifically, its got lots of light pollution, looks a bit over processed and the colors are a bit funky. I suppose an image in which the sky looks real life might not appeal to the masses!

Olaf2 June 14, 2013 at 11:36 PM

I definitely have to emigrate to the bushes. There is no way that I will ever catch a stunning image like that where I live.

Planemo June 15, 2013 at 2:31 AM

What a beautiful pictures! They are so well in focus. Amazing. Sharp. colorful, and bold. Too cool. ;-)

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